Infinera, the US optical equipment vendor, and Dante, the pan-European research and education network operator, are together claiming a new world record for the fastest provisioning of long-haul transmission capacity on a live network -- in this instance, Dante's Géant network. The pair took just 19 minutes and 1 second to install and activate 8 Tbit/s of long-haul super-channel optical capacity, enough, they say, to simultaneously stream 1.6 million HD movies in each direction. (See Infinera Predicts a Profitable Q3.)
Also to be filed under "potential spanner in the works of a takeover," is the Reuters report that a higher German regional court has overturned a decision by the national antitrust regulator to give the green light to Liberty Global's proposed €3.16 billion ($4.18 billion) acquisition of Germany's third-largest MSO, Kabel BW GmbH & Co. The court, in Düsseldorf, ruled that the case would need to be looked at again. (See Liberty Global Scoops Up KBW for $4.5B.)
Another day, another hard-won fiber-to-the-cabinet contract for BT Group plc in the partly government-funded Broadband Delivery UK program. This one's in the south-eastern county of Essex, and is worth £24.6 million ($38 million).